7 Healthy Eye Tips

March is Save Your Vision Month! Save Your Vision Month is sponsored by the American Optometric Association. The goal is to remind people how important it is to get your eyes checked and maintain eye health.

Below are 7 healthy eye tips:

Get your eyes checked! Even if you have perfect vision, don’t neglect an annual eye exam. If you do wear contacts or eyeglasses, an annual exam will help make sure you have the correct prescription. An annual eye exam may also help with early detection of eye conditions.

Wear sunglasses. Eyes need to be protected from the sun just like skin. UV rays can aggravate the development of cataracts. Make sure they have UV protection. Look for sunglasses that blog 99%-100% of UVA/UVB rays.

Use eye drops: Dry eyes can lead to headaches and other vision problems. Eyes can become dry from dry weather and not blinking enough. (This can happen when reading or working at the computer for extended periods of time.) Keep eyes moisturized with preservative-free eye drops.

Follow the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, rest your eyes by looking 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This is especially helpful for those who work in front of a computer screen.

Take contact lenses out before you sleep: This enables oxygen flow through the lens to the eyes. Always make sure your hands are clean before handling your contact lenses.

Avoid touching your eyes. Itching and rubbing your eyes can irritate them. It can also spread germs from your hands into your body.

Clean makeup brushes regularly. Traces of oil, dirt, and bacteria can stay on brushes and possibly get in the eyes when applying makeup. Do not share makeup brushes and mascara brushes with anyone!

This article contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis of a physician.

If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.